MLB great Bob Boone is reportedly one of several full-time employees of the Washington Nationals who will be parting ways with the club over his apparent preference not to get the coronavirus vaccine.
Boone, who has worked in the Nationals' front office since they relocated to Washington following the 2004 season, will be stepping down rather than comply with an organization-wide vaccine mandate, according to multiple reports.
The 73-year-old former four-time All-Star is a senior vice president and special advisor to general manager Mike Rizzo, titles he has held since 2015. He was with the club for its 2019 World Series run and was previously vice president of player development, a department which was reportedly seeing a wave of defections, including by multiple scouts, over the vaccine policy.
Boone is the son of former longtime Major Leaguer Ray Boone, and the father of retired players Aaron and Bret Boone, marking one of the few three-generation families in league history. Aaron Boone is now manager of the Yankees, and according to previous media reports was vaccinated in the spring.
Under the Nationals' policy, which according to the Associated Press was announced on Aug. 12, all full-time employees were required to show proof of at least one dose of inoculation by Aug. 26.
“As a company, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep one another safe and felt that mandating vaccines was the absolute right thing to do for our employees and our community,” the team said in a statement released last week.
Before moving into front office roles, Boone served as manager as the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds. He broke in with the Philadelphia Phillies, where he was a three-time All-Star, and later played for the Angels before retiring as a player with the Royals.